nutrition

Project

Food​ ​Security​ ​Focused​ ​on​ ​the​ ​First​ ​Thousand​ ​Days​

SEGAMIL is a USAID Food for Peace program that focuses on reducing chronic malnutrition rates in eight municipalities in the departments of Totonicapan and San Marcos. The program addresses food utilization, access, and availability in vulnerable communities. Activities integrate health and nutrition, agriculture, sustainable environmental practices, animal husbandry, microenterprise, and local governance.

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Project Profile: Mali Nutrition and Hygiene

Mali: A Ground Game to Tackle Malnutrition

Nutrition and Hygiene Project | 2013–2018

Some 15 districts and four regions of Mali—Mopti, Segou, Koulikoro, and Sikasso— are heavily affected by WASH-related malnutrition, poor access to health care, and substandard water and sanitation services.

Blog

Webinar Addresses Underemphasized Health Risks Children Face in Their Home Environments

For decades, implementers have applied water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and nutrition-based interventions—alone and in a variety of combinations—to address diarrheal disease and stunting among infants and young children (IYC) in low- and middle-income countries. Given the extensive and intensive efforts, why aren’t we seeing more progress?

Focus Area Topic

Sanitation and Hygiene

Sanitation is more than just toilets, it encompasses the facilities, behaviors, and services that prevent diseases caused by contact with human waste. Hygiene refers to behaviors that can improve cleanliness and lead to good health.

Why it Matters

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Toward a Hygienic Environment for Infants and Young Children: A Review of the Literature

The USAID Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS) project conducted a review of the scientific and grey literature, complemented by dozens of key informant interviews with researchers and field implementers, to synthesize the latest understanding of key pathways of fecal microbe ingestion by infants and young children (IYC) and their links to diarrhea, EED, and poor nutrition and development outcomes.

Specifically, the review sought to:

Progress Report

[OFDA] Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Sector Update FY 2016

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to slow- and rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases.

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, USAID/OFDA provided approximately $247 million to support WASH programs in more than 35 countries.

Case Studies

Providing Safe Drinking Water With Community Support in South Sudan

For vulnerable and conflict-affected populations residing in South Sudan’s Mayendit County, one of the famine-affected counties in Unity State, access to safe drinking water often requires long, arduous hours of walking to the nearest borehole. Due to insecurity and the amount of time required to reach clean water, many individuals in Mayendit frequently resort to drinking dirty, stagnant surface water, such as from puddles or rivers, that may have also been used for bathing, washing clothes, and cleaning kitchen utensils.

Toolkit

Menstrual Hygiene Management Toolkit

Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is an important component of a “WASH-Friendly School.” As a new concept in schools, the USAID-funded Schools Promoting Learning Achievement through Sanitation and Hygiene (SPLASH) project and Zambia’s Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education (MESVTEE) are offering various kinds of support to teachers to establish MHM programs and facilities to keep girls and female teachers in school.